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Bengals Bytes (12/31): Hall of Fame praise

The Bengals’ only Hall of Famer voiced his support for Marvin Lewis. Jamie Collins is very honest about his approach to Free Agency. Bart Scott calls out Marcell Dareus for claiming Rex Ryan’s defense was too complicated.

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Ogbuehi's tough 2016 ends on IR; In praise of Whit, Peko; Lewis wants more Green

Bengals left tackle Cedric Ogbuehi’s injury problems continue and they ended his tough second season Friday when they put him on injured reserve with what is believed to be a partial tear of his rotator cuff. The Bengals promoted rookie running back Tra Carson from the practice squad for Sunday’s game (1 p.m.-Cincinnati’s Channel 12) against the Ravens to fill Ogbuehi’s spot.

By The Numbers Game Preview: Week 17

For the sixth time in the last seven seasons the Bengals close their year with the Ravens. The one year they didn’t play Baltimore in the finale, the Bengals lost what amounted to the 2014 AFC North title game in Pittsburgh.

Bengals place 2015 first rounder Cedric Ogbuehi on IR

Cincinnati Bengals tackle Cedric Ogbuehi saw his season come to a disappointing end on Friday after he was placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. It has been a difficult year for the Bengals' 2015 first-round pick, who was expected to take over as the starting right tackle after the Bengals let Andre Smith walk in free agency.

Bengals-Ravens preview: Smith wants memorable finale and 5 things to watch

What feels like the end of the road for Steve Smith isn't at all what he or the Baltimore Ravens expected. They were mere seconds away from taking control of the AFC North when the Steelers snatched it away from them, scoring a touchdown with 9 seconds left for a 31-27 win that ended Baltimore's chances last week.

Anthony Munoz Thinks M. Lewis Should Remain Bengals Head Coach For Now

It might not be a popular opinion, but Bengals Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz thinks Marvin Lewis should be back on Cincinnati's sidelines next season. The 11-time Pro Bowler says Lewis doesn't deserve all the blame for the Bengals' 5-9-1 record with one week to go in the season ... pointing out the injuries and staff changes that have plagued the team.

AFC North Bytes

Ladarius Green Injury: Steelers TE Ruled Out for Week 17 Due to Concussion

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin confirmed that tight end Ladarius Green is in the NFL's concussion protocol after his team's 24-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Dec. 18, according to's Zac Jackson.

Jamie Collins is honest, wants his money

Browns linebacker Jamie Collins will become a free agent in March unless he signs a new contract with the Browns before then. Collins told reporters Friday that he’s open to a return. Refreshingly, he also told the truth.

John Harbaugh’s long-term future with Ravens in question after another disappointing year

When John Harbaugh exited Paul Brown Stadium a year ago, about an hour removed from a season-ending loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, he turned the page on what some around the team said they believed was one of his best coaching jobs.

Random Bytes

The remarkable story of TCU's Rhodes scholar, Caylin Moore

Caylin Moore likes to say his story doesn't make sense on paper, and he's right. It's a script that seems unrealistic until you realize Moore lived it and now inspires others by telling his tale.

Washington Redskins eye second straight NFL playoffs

With Washington on the verge of its second straight playoff berth, here’s a look at why the franchise’s roller-coaster past is over. Plus notes on how the Bills fell apart, Oakland’s confidence in Matt McGloin and much more.

Jabrill Peppers injured, ruled out of Orange Bowl

Jabrill Peppers gave Michigan a little of everything this season. The star linebacker - one of 15 positions the school gives him credit for playing this season - was a late scratch from No. 6 Michigan's lineup when the Wolverines faced No. 10 Florida State in the Orange Bowl on Friday night.

Bart Scott rips Marcell Dareus for not learning Rex Ryan’s defense

After Rex Ryan was fired by the Bills, defensive tackle Marcell Dareus complained that there was too much detail in Ryan’s defense. That didn’t sit well with one of Ryan’s old players. Bart Scott, who played his entire 11-year career in Ryan’s defense, first with the Ravens and then with the Jets, said on CBS Sports Radio that the Bills’ biggest mistake was giving a big contract to Dareus.

Michael Bennett, Seahawks Agree to New Contract

Michael Bennett's wish for a new contract has been granted. The Seattle Seahawks and their star defensive lineman agreed to a three-year extension Friday, according to The Huffington Post's Jordan Schultz.'s Ian Rapoport reported the deal is worth $31.5 million with $17.5 million guaranteed. Rapoport also provided a yearly breakdown of the contract.